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George Romero Says The Walking Dead Is Just A Soap Opera

by on 11/02/2013
 

George Romero

George Romero, the man who changed horror film forever with his vision and ground breaking zombie work, recently mentioned in an interview that The Walking Dead is basically just a soap opera. In fact, when AMC invited him to do a couple of episodes, he refused.

According to the interview that he recently had with The Big Issue, Romero had the following to say.

“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Romero told The Big Issue. “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”

It almost seems like he holds some grudge or something against the show. The Walking Dead is the most successful zombie based television series ever to hit cable, and George simply doesn’t want anything to do with it. They even went as far as to reach out to him to do a couple of episodes, and he still refused.

If you watch the video below from 2012 when he was asked about The Walking Dead, he states that since he was not part of from the beginning, he feels that it is not something he could be part of. That is honestly way too bad because every fan of the television show would love to see George Romero involved. Who knows, maybe one day he will change his mind.

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  • Susan. Just Susan.
    11/02/2013 at 9:33 pm

    Presuming a lot to say every fan would love to see him a part of it, arent you? Suffer a brain injury, recently? ‘The Walking Dead’ and the work that Romero have done are two different animals. Just because he’s been a part of some cult classics does NOT automatically translate into his being a good fit for TWD. He said himself that he used the zombies as ‘satire or political criticism.’ How does that fit TWD? TWD isnt about politics or making a statement on man’s inhumanity to man. Quite frankly, I was never a fan of zombies, until they were called ‘walkers,’ and that includes Romero’s work. By the way… ‘most successful zombie based television series to ever hit cable’? Did I miss something? I’m fairly certain TWD is the ONLY zombie based television series, on cable, or otherwise. TWD is a success because it’s GENUINELY GOOD TELEVISION. Let Romero stew in his own envy. Kirkland and company are doing fine without him.

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  • Plantastic
    11/03/2013 at 6:37 pm

    And now you can grow a ZOMBIE PLANT that plays Dead when you Touch it! This is real google it to grow your own indoors in the Zombie Plant Grow kit

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  • Jb0808
    11/04/2013 at 9:01 am

    Sour graping, grumpy old man. Very disappointing.

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  • Mike Majewski
    11/04/2013 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t want Romero anyhwere near The Walking Dead.

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  • RICK FOSTER
    11/19/2013 at 11:53 am

    He’s just butt hurt because he thinks he’s the only person that knows anything about zombie movies. He had the same shitty attitude in the town meeting interview for World War Z

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  • Caljones29
    11/24/2013 at 11:40 pm

    I think this is sad. I love some of Romeros work, but he’s definantly wrong here.I mean you got the largest audience in the 18 to 49 year old demographic that watch this show. So they have to be doing something right for the show to be so popular

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  • Caljones29
    11/24/2013 at 11:40 pm

    I think this is sad. I love some of Romeros work, but he’s definantly wrong here.I mean you got the largest audience in the 18 to 49 year old demographic that watch this show. So they have to be doing something right for the show to be so popular

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  • Robert Wenzel
    12/03/2013 at 9:27 pm

    While I am a fan of Romero’s first three “Living Dead” movies, his movies suck compared to the Walking Dead. I’ve been a Zombie fan since the beginning and IMO Walking Dead is better than any Zombie movie I’ve ever seen. Romero may be “the father of all things Zombie, but he is certainly not the “king of Zombie movies”. Personally, I think his kind of politics or “political satire” would ruin The Walking Dead. Keep Romero away from TWD!!!!!

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  • JMOThanks
    12/29/2013 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t know..Romero makes a different kind of Zombie movie and if he doesn’t like “Walking Dead” then well..his loss. And yes he is the made the cannibal zombies mainstream and he is the king of Zombie films but, TWD is just different. TWD focuses on the survivors and not so much on the zombies. His kind of movie will last a hour in a half and everyone is dead. I do like his older stuff..the the stuff he is put out now..Is bad…yeah..bad.

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  • Helen Flora
    01/25/2014 at 12:08 pm

    I have enjoyed George Romero’s work for decades, but I think he is acting in state of immaturity for making a statement comparing “The Walking Dead” as a Soap Opera. I don’t watch soap operas, and consider what he says as an insult to my favorite show. I see TWD as an improvement and more realistic regarding a possible Zombie Apocalypse. If anything, George Romero could be a positive part of TWD, with all his experience in creating Zombie Films, just I feel Tom Savini could be a great input regarding Make-up and effects for TWD, and I am more than sure he would see the show as a great work of art. George don’t be so jealous, and give the show a chance. 🙂

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  • Ashley Young
    01/31/2014 at 9:30 pm

    kirkman says in the companion book its a soap opera that is exactly what its meant to be and depict the actions n changes threw out a person come an event like this should it be. its not horror

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